Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials
DECISIVENESS – A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Contributed by John F. Pierce
Character Council Faith Committee Chairman, Cincinnati, OH
February 23, 2001
Esther – An Example of Decisiveness
Esther was a Queen whose decisiveness saved Jews from annihilation. Xerxes, King of Persia 465 – 485 BC, didn’t know his beloved wife was Jewish. At that time most Jews in the world lived in Persia.
Mordecai, who had raised his orphan cousin Esther, served in the King’s court. Haman, top-ranking noble, was enraged that Mordecai would neither bow down nor honor him (Jews bow only to God). He convinced the King Jews were a disobedient people, and received permission to annihilate all in Persia.
Mordecai appealed to Esther to intercede with the King. This was risky, because anyone approaching the King unsummoned was killed, unless he chose to receive them. Yet “who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?”, reflected Mordecai (Esther 4:14). Despite the risk, Esther responded decisively. With immediacy and resoluteness she chose to do the right thing – to go to the King to request he save the Jewish people – “and if I perish I perish.” (Esther 4:16).
The King granted her request and spared all Jews in the Empire. To this day Jews celebrate the annual Feast of Purim, remembering their deliverance – thanks to the decisiveness of Esther.
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